Version 9.0

Version 9.0

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Version 9.0 of SecureLiTE, UAFTP, STEP++, and   AlphaLAN++ Products:

This section lists the changes between different builds of the 9.0 release. The latest build is on the top. 

Version: 9.0.9.0 – Released on 10/31/2014

  1. Start FTP File Transfer command now supports a new /W option which allows the File Transfer operation to wait for its completion. Otherwise, by default this FTP file transfer command returns immediately after starting the File Transfer in the background. The /W option assumes Silent transfer (/S) option and does not show the file transfer progress bar and error messages are suppressed.
  2.  Wyse 50 emulation has been enhanced to support commands for loading Cursor row and cursor column.

Version: 9.0.8.4 – Released on 10/08/2012

  1. Application menu is now restored whenever the User defined menus are cleared or removed by the application.
  2.  New commands have been added to control MetropoliS mouse from host applications as given below.
  • Turn mouse on (as if the user checked Use mouse for MetropoliS). The command is –  ESC ESC ~n1
  • Turn mouse OFF (as if the user un-checked Use mouse for MetropoliS). The command is –  ESC ESC ~n0
  • Use default mouse setting (to go back to use the user setting for Use mouse for MetropoliS). The command is –  ESC ESC ~nR
  1.  Smart mouse for MetropoliS. The following new command has been added to automatically turn on MetropoliS mouse on certain screens and turn it off when the user navigates away from such smart mouse screens.
  • To enable smart mouse screens.

ESC ESC~m <DEL> MouseScreenSeq1 ……MouseScreenSeqLast <DEL>

Each MouseScreenSeq has the following format

ID <DEL> MATCHROW <DEL> MATCHCOL <DEL>MATCHTEXT<DEL> 

Each identified screen must have a UNIQUE ID (from 0 to 999). Please see Smouse.bas to see an example of the program that shows how to turn on the smart mouse enabled screens.

  • To disable or clear all smart mouse screens.

ESC ESC~n

Version: 9.0.8.3 – Released on 03/30/2012

  1. Esprit III and WYCOL (MetropoliS color) terminal emulation were modified to improve Line Locking features. This avoids problems when the all lines have been locked on the screen.

Version: 9.0.8.2 – Released on 03/08/2011

  1. Always draw graphics characters” under Settings/Screen/Font tab has been checked by default. This allows this build (or later ones) to work with Windows 7 and Windows Vista Operating system without any need to check this box when you initially install the software.
  2. Special host commands are added to set the Main Title and the Sub Title of the emulator window. This allows you to change the main title and/or sub title of the emulator window as you move from one host program to another.

Version: 9.0.8.1 – Released on 04/23/2009

  1. Sometimes boxes were not being drawn completely when using the field terminal emulation such as Wyse 50, AM62A, etc. This problem is resolved now.
  2. Marked text used to get deselected sometimes in applications like EZTYP which output cursor positioning commands repeatedly. The marked text will now be deselected only when the screen gets changed due to the arrival of new screen data or commands for screen change.

Version: 9.0.8.0 – Released on 04/14/2008

  1. Added a dialog box to obtain user name and password each time when making SSH2 connection, if they are not specified in the connection settings.
  2. Keep Alive on SSH connection has been corrected.
  3. A new option called “Apply changes to settings immediately” has now been added to the Settings menu. Therefore, Build 8.0 onwards, the program will no longer apply the changes to the settings immediately and start working like it did prior to build 7.0. You may check “Apply changes to settings immediately”, if you wish to continue to do so.

Version: 9.0.7.2 – Released on 03/14/2008

  1. If the demo copy of the product was previously installed, Windows Vistacomputers used to give the “Install Error 101” message when installing the actual licensed codes. This problem has now been resolved.

Version: 9.0.7.1 – Released on 07/30/2007

Important Note:  This release build 7.1 incorporates major changes to the “Keyboard handling” routines and the handling of multiple sessions. If you are upgrading from a previous build of version 9.0, please test this new build before deploying it for general use.

List of Changes

  1. The cursor used to disappear some times. This problem has been resolved now.
  2. Keyboard Handling that was modified in build 6.0 prevented function keys from working on Windows 98 PCs. It was working fine on all other versions of Windows. This problem is now resolved.
  3. Mouse double click will no longer toggle screen to full screen when the mouse is being used for host applications. Use SHIFT+ESCAPE key to do the same.
  4. The changes to various settings would be saved right away. Earlier they were being saved when you exited the program.
  5. TVI 925 emulation had a problem in screen display. It has been resolved now.

Version: 9.0.6.1 – Released on 03/16/2007

  • This build is compatible with Windows Vista. There is a new option “Always draw graphics characters” under Settings/Screen/Font tab. This box must be checked if you are using Windows Vista operating system.
  • “Print Screen” function has been added to the local menu.
  • An option to change the “Escape timeout” has been added to Settings/Terminal/Start up Tab. Escape timeout allows the emulator to exit an “Escape command’ after this timeout value in the unlikely event when the incoming data is lost. The default value for this timeout is 550 milliseconds. If you are connected over a wide area network or a slow modem and this default value is insufficient (your screen is not being displayed correctly), you may increase it.
  • The return key codes, if specified, would now be sent back to the host application when you release the mouse click on an Image.
  • If your host application is using mouse interface, it was not working properly for mouse clicks on the area where an image was displayed, even when the image was invisible (hidden).  This problem has been rectified.

Version: 9.0.6.0 – Released on 01/12/2007

Important Note:  This release build 6.0 incorporates a major change to “Keyboard handling” routines allowing the emulator to work with other input devices such as Magnetic Card Readers,  writing pads on Tablet PCs, etc. If you are upgrading from a previous build of version 9.0, please test this new build before deploying it for general use.

List of Changes

  • You may now specify to send ‘Keep Alive’ packets when using a network connection (Telnet or SSH). You may specify this interval (in seconds) on the startup Tab under Settings, Terminal. The default value is “0” which turns this feature OFF.
  • A special host command is now available to capture and process the action when the user drags and drops file(s) on the emulator window. Your host application may receive file name(s) to process such events or instruct the emulator to “open” or “print” the dropped file(s).
  • Keyboard Handling has been modified to work with other input devices such as Magnetic Card Readers, writing pads on Tablet PCs, etc.  This will also allow the emulator to work correctly with other programs like ‘GoToMyPC’, etc.
  • Allow FTP user name/password to be specified for STEP and SecureLiTE products to allow processing special ftp commands.
  • Allow mouse clicks on the bottom status line (25th line) to be passed back to the host applications such as MetropoliS.
  • Improved Telnet Negotiation when using SSH connection.
  • An option has been added to disable (lock) printer settings such as (Print Screen, Disable Printing, etc.) under Settings/Lock Configuration. This would allow you to completely disable printing, if required.
  • If new data arrived when marking the text, sometimes it used to leave the old marked text visible. This problem has now been resolved.
  • Modem File Transfer Options dialog box was not getting displayed. This problem has been resolved.
  • Number of bytes transferred during X-Modem and other file transfers would now be displayed thus showing the progress of the file transfer.
  • If the printer name was longer than 32 characters, it was getting truncated when you selected it using the “Print Setup” menu option under Session menu. This problem has been resolved.
  • User defined menus, context menus and image windows were getting erased when you disconnected from the host. They will now stay loaded until you close the emulator window.

Version: 9.0.5.2 – Released on 10/26/2005

  • The application used to lock up when it asked for “Super User” password on SSH2 connections. This problem has now been resolved.
  • Added host command to execute (use any verb such as open, print, etc.) a Windows file.
  • FTP Password was getting displayed during native file transfers.
  • FTP password was visible in the registry.This problem has been fixed.

Version: 9.0.5.1- Released on 06/10/2005

  • When using user defined menus and local menus, you may add the shortcut to an item name by putting the two letters \t between the name and the shortcut. The earlier builds required an extra space character before \t characters which is not needed any more.
  • You may now specify the configuration settings that are stored by the application in the “Registry” (such as settings in the View menu) by supplying a file called ‘USER.REG’. This registry file should contain your settings that are different than the default values. Please copy this file to the main folder on your distribution CD. The Installation program will automatically copy these registry values at the time of installation.
  • The sample files for importing entries in the Phone Book (PBImport.txt and PBEntries.txt) were missing. They have been added.

Version: 9.0.5.0- Released on 04/01/2005

  • The number of recently used configuration file list in the “Session” menu has been increased from 4 to 9.
  • A special command to send the terminal emulation product information (version or name) has been added. The version string would look like 9.0.5.0.
  • A special command to detect a running application (by using the text displayed in the Window Title) has been added.
  • Special commands to read and write registry entries have been added.
  • If the activation key specified in the user.cfg file on a distribution CD was not in capital letters, UA-FTP license information was not getting installed. This problem has now been fixed.
  • You may now specify the name of the desktop “shortcut” for the terminal emulator when using a distribution CD. Please enter the name of the shortcut (say MyApp) on the first line in a file called ‘USER.LNK’ and copy this file to the main folder onyour distribution CD.

Version: 9.0.4.1- Released on 02/11/2005

  • Fixed problem with unsafe screen warning. It was unnecessarily giving the warning message all the time due to a problem in the previous build.
  • Corrected terminal type display from AM62CC to AM62C.
  • The default window sizes have been changed in some resolutions (e.g. 1024X768) to use a larger font. A default window size has been added for the screen resolution of 1280X960

Version: 9.0.4.0- Released on 01/17/2005

This build adds many new functions including functions to display images and various other GUI functions. Therefore, this build of version 9.0 software should be treated like a new version. Please check it out before deploying it widely.

  • Fixed problem with color attributes in status lines for mode color terminals (such as “native” emulation.
  • Fixed problem with sending Hexadecimal commands to the host from user menus.
  • Silent FTP file transfers were causing the application window to loose focus some times. This problem has been fixed now.
  • Attribute Color mapping was not working correctly. This problem is fixed now.
  • Added a new feature to display Images as child windows within the emulator window. Images may be stored either on a PC folder or on the host (provided FTP connection to the host is available). Most popular image file types (.JPG, .GIF, .BMP, .ICO, etc.) are supported. You may click on the picture to execute a command or use the right mouse click get a local menu of various commands. These commands may either be used to send a string back to the host to execute a host command or they may be used to execute a Windows application.
  • The images may be “smart” with an “Auto Screen Detection” feature. This feature allows you to automatically select images based on the application screen being displayed. It is particularly useful, if you are using Flip, Multi, Swap or any other multi-screen host application and would like to take advantage of the image display or user context menus.
  • A new command is now added to define “smart” user context menus with the “Auto Screen Detection” feature as described above. This new feature allows you to “automatically” display different context menus based on the application screen that is currently being displayed.
  • The application would now remember the startup working folder and look for Windows program in that folder when asked to invoke a Windows program.
  • Added a facility to show items and sub-menus in the ‘user defined menus’ as grayed.
  • A new command has been added to call a Custom DLL from your host application. The name of the Custom DLL file may be specified in the Settings, Miscellaneous, General Tab. Otherwise, you may load a custom DLL by specifying its name in the “Load Custom DLL” command.
  • Cursor used to disappear some times. This problem is resolved now.
  • A new command has been added to allow you to execute a Windows Command and specify how it should be shown (Minimized, Maximized or Window).
  • Added a new command to allow bi-directional data access to any user defined COM port. This may be useful in “Point of Sale” application where user may access various devices such as Cash Registers, User Displays, etc.
  • The safe string and match strings may now include SPACE characters to match Attribute characters (field terminals) and non-printable graphics characters shown on the screen.
  • The application will now convert attribute characters (field terminals) and non-printable graphics characters shown on the screen to ‘spaces’ when the screen text is copied to the clip-board. They were appearing as control characters currently, thus causing problems when copied as text.
  • Two levels of sub-menu are now available. This new feature is applicable to both User Defined Menus and User Defined Context menus.
  • New commands are now available to delete or replace a previously defined Menu Item. Another new command allows you to add new menu items without deleting the old ones. For reference and to get more details, please refer to sample files DELMNU.BAS, RPLMNU.BAS and ADDMNU.BAS, respectively.
  • Added ability to pre-load a previously saved screen (or host commands) at startup from a screen file (.SCR). This screen is loaded prior to making the connection to the host and executing the startup commands. The screen file may be generated by using the Data Logging function and storing the screen data.
  • Replaying a Log file was unnecessarily clearing Context menus, etc.
  • Added host commands to Start Logging screen data to a file, stop logging the data to the file and replay a previously stored screen file.
  • Added host command to load different User Defined Key (.udk) files.
  • The UDK settings were not getting saved sometimes.
  • Short-cut names may be appended to the item names in User menus and Context menus by using \t (for tab) prior to the short-cut name. Including \t (for tab) will line up shortcuts for all items within a menu.

 Version: 9.0.3.2- Released on 09/07/2004

This build resolves several problems. We recommend that all customers using previous build of version 9.0 upgrade their software to this build.

  •  When the demo version of the product was licensed, it used to unnecessarily report an error the very first time by saying, “Cannot verify license”.
  •  When you issue a command to start a Windows programs, it will launch it as “Normal Window” instead of launching it as “Maximized”.
  • Switching between multiple sessions, when in full screen mode, would sometimes leave a small border at the bottom of the screen.  

Version: 9.0.3.1- Released on 08/07/2004

This build resolves several problems. We recommend that all customers using previous build of version 9.0 upgrade their software to this build.

  • Sometimes attributes were not being displayed properly when you switched from 132- column to 80-column display.
  • Added import facility for the phone book. There is a new “Import” button in the “Phone Book” dialog box. It can be used to import “tab formatted” phone list from other applications such as Procomm Plus. The “format” describing the column position and the length of each field (Entry Name, Phone Number, Terminal Type and Baud rate) may be defined in a file called “PBImport.txt”. A sample PBImport.txt file is provided. It contains the format for the given sample text file, PBEntries.txt, and imports all entries from PBEntries.txt file into the PhoneBook. 
  • Screen was not getting turned off for ‘mode’ terminals.
  • On certain field terminals like Esprit III or WYCOL (MetropoliS color emulation), the screen was not getting repainted, if it was turned off. This used to cause ‘black’ holes in the screen.
  • A new selection “Enable fast screen (Disables screen off)” is now available for ‘field’ terminals in Settings/Terminal Type tab. It is enabled by default for all field terminals including Esprit III, WYCOL (MetropoliS color emulation), etc. You can disable it if you wish to see ‘dark’ screens. 

Version: 9.0.3.0- Released on 07/27/2004

This build resolves several problems. We recommend that all customers using previous build of version 9.0 upgrade their software to this build.

  • Added new option to select and assign a new color including custom colors to each of the 16 colors supported by the terminal emulator. A new tab, called ‘Color Selection’ is now available under Settings/Screen. 
  • File transfer commands were unnecessarily putting an error message saying it is not able to locate upload/download directories.  
  • Introduced a Delay Character (0xFE) that may be used as a part of any host command (specified as hexadecimal string) used with User Defined Menus and Context Menus. It provides a delay of 100 msec. Host command length was get truncated to 50 characters. It has been restored to be 256 characters long. 
  •  Added host commands to run Windows program as normal Window or as maximized. The command type “w” will allow you to launch it as a normal window.
  • If you are playing a Macro and wish to stop it, you may select Tools, Terminal Reset. This would clear the screen and the macro would stop running. Also fixed a problem with playing of Macros causing the application to lock up unnecessarily for some time.
  •  A new Z-modem option called ‘Auto Start Timeout” is now available in Transfer/Modem File Transfer/Options dialog box. Z-modem file transfer is enabled for Serial and Modem connections only. This setting allows you to change the timeout for receiving Z-modem “auto start string” from the host. The timeout may be set from 0 to 1000 milliseconds.  The default value is 20. If the Z-modem file transfer fails to start, you may want to increase this timeout value. Please note that some characters may echo slowly when you increase this timeout value. If you are not using Z-Modem file transfers, you may disable this feature by changing this value to 0.
  • The “installation information” box had a wrong label saying version 8.0.
  • Allow the application to make telnet connection with the local host (like AMPC) on a specified port. Use / local  local_port_number as the argument to the .EXE file.
  • Allow user to specify the FTP host name for “native” file transfers. This allows Alpha LAN++ 9.0 to connect to AMPC (local host) and perform native file transfers by using CPC/CALF commands.

Version: 9.0.2.0- Released on 06/24/2004

This build resolves several problems. We recommend that all customers using previous build of version 9.0 upgrade their software to this build.

  • SSH2 connection will now set the “Pseudo-Terminal” characteristics like the terminal type, Page Length, etc. when opening the session. A button called, “Other Options” is added to “SSH2 Connection Tab” to get the TERM environment variable name from the user.
  • SSH2 session was not displaying data sent when there was STDERR. This problem has now been fixed.
  • UA-FTP was saying, “Reinstall the software”. This problem has been fixed.
  • The reduced intensity black (Black2) color was not getting displayed. It was always mapped to regular black color. This problem has now been fixed. 
  • Some times, box drawing characters were being displayed in reduced intensity colors in certain emulations. 
  • The insert/delete character functions were displaying the new character in reduced intensity some times. 
  • Attribute space (on field terminals like AM62A, Wyse 50, etc) on the last column was being shown in the new attribute, sometimes.
  • The “dim” colors are now dimmer by default. However, you may change their intensity by using the “Intensity Slider Control” in Settings/Screen/Color Palette Tab.
  • If you installed the software in “demo” (30 day FREE evaluation) mode and then tried to enter the license information, it was giving an error message (STEP++ and SecureLiTE products only).

Version: 9.0.1.1 – Released on 06/01/2004

  • During installation, if you select terminal type as “Wyse50” and say “Yes” to ‘Exclude 32 characters from the top status line”, the installation program used to give an error message and abort. This problem has now been fixed.

Version: 8.0.1.0 – First Release on 05/17/2004